Article Abstract

Is segmentectomy the future?

Authors: Rodney J. Landreneau, Matthew J. Schuchert


The role of anatomic segmentectomy as an acceptable, lung parenchymal sparing alternative to pulmonary lobectomy for the small peripheral stage I lung cancer is under great scrutiny today. This is not a new consideration, particularly for the patient with impaired cardiopulmonary reserve where preservation of lung function may be a critical issue in deciding on surgical resection for local/regional control of their cancer. In this review, we discuss the oncologic issues along with past and present evidence supporting “anatomic” lung preservational surgery in the management of lung cancer.